Steel Sculpture and other trivial junk


by Roy Mackey



"Naked Man"     8ft high     sheet steel   hollow no armature


Welcome to Flamingsteel.com


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the new format. 


Please note: I no longer do steel sculpture. Nor do I do

any fabrication or other commercial steel work. Aside

from managing the ARC my focus is on my writing

and building custom Harley's!!!


My steel artwork is still for sale or rent

to those so inclined.

Click Here To See More















NO SNOWFLAKES BEYOND THIS POINT!!!


     No I am not politically correct. I am also adamantly against racism so needless to say am a serious Pro Trumper.

     Now if you follow the hate narrative of mainstream media like:

Certainly Not News...

then this will likely confuse you. If you don't like that then please go tell someone who cares like your Mom upstairs.

     If you are a fascist working with "PANTIFA" spreading the hate and racism like they do then this site could drive you crazy. You see it has opinions that are outside those of your boss, Sore-ass. Because lets face it obviously you have no opinions of your own. If that's the case please hit the back button to "flatearth.com" either that or again, go up stairs and tell your Mom. 

     I try to practice freedom of speech as much as possible. Thus if you have something to say I sure won't be standing in your way. But once again please go tell your Mom as I have no interest or time to debate my political views with you.

     Now if you really need to debate my political opinion then go do it through my political assistants,


Candace Owens -  Dinesh D'Souza -  Larry Elder


    As my political mentors they know more than both you and I could dream of knowing. I love the bright outlook they have on the future! Of course if you do work for Sore-ass at PANTIFA you wouldn't understand the language as they are real people and only speak "common sense"......  






Close up of Sweetie's Feathers


July 29, 2020

     Parrot feathers close up are kind of mind blowing. An incredible system that makes them able to fly...... all over the studio and chew up everything in site!!! Oh... if you didn't know "Sweetie" is a parrot that has been following me around for the last 35 years??? We grown into really good friends. In fact I have to admit a lot of the crazy ideas on this site are hers not mine.... just sayin.... 


























What'z New'z










Well Would You Look at That.....

70% of those who caught Covid wore masks all the

time prior to their infection!


Maybe following the "herd" might not save you after all.


















Just My Two Bits


October 26, 2020


     There will only be two outcomes in this next US election... An absolute massive Trump landslide is the first and most obvious. This of course is based on the incredible amount of support he gets anywhere he goes verses the, almost none, that Biden gets wherever he goes.  Not to mention the incredible amount of good Trump has done for Blacks, Hispanics and other racial groups, middle east peace, the economy and was even able to lower the estimates of two million dead from the virus down to only 200k..... only twice what the regular flue kills annually give or take. Most of which were old people dying anyway.

     The other option is CNN.... I mean Biden...... barely winning. When this happens it tells you that the election was rigged. First because seriously no one with even half a brain would vote for this guy. Come on man.... Aside from all his corruption that is surfacing he is a great old grand dad but president of the US.... are you kidding me???!!! You don't appoint Mr. Dress up to lead the most powerful country in the world. If you buy that then you aint smart....

     Second when it comes to rigged elections they always make the outcome close. The main reason for this is so it does not look too suspicious. The other reason is to make the losing side think "dam... we almost got it!!!" so they will quietly move on without a fight.

     Now if the democrats really are as dumb as they look and Biden did "win" so to speak with a landslide then there will be civil war because no half intelligent self respecting American could or would ever buy that story.......

     Less than two weeks to "showtime" Folks!!!!!!!






Redneck GoPro Accessories


October 24, 2020


     Unless I absolutely have no option I ain't buying from China even though Biden wants to "Make China Great Again".....

     So the option... make it myself. It actually works!!! Function was the goal here over looks as you might be able to tell.

     Now sure I coulda sent Bozo the money so he could send it to China to create jobs over there but I boycotted both Amazombie and China four months ago. Since then I've only bought only one thing there for $12.  Not only has this been a riot I have saved a ton of cash!!!! "WHERE'Z IT MADE" is now my favorite question!!!

     Now I just have to hope for another day or two of sun before the monsoons start. That way I can spark up the softail and test my new mount idea out. Just trying to gear up for next summers riding. Not to mention have some riding footage to get me through the long wet two month winter we get down here.






Cash or Cards..... which is better?

 
October 18, 2020


     I love this question and three years ago decided to actually look at this... Man was that ever surprising!!!!


read more by clicking picture....








Live At The ARC!!!!



     If you are artist... tired of life and want to start living you just might want to check out the ARC!!!! This is real "LIVE/WORK" at it's finest. We often have studios come up monthly. Huge tax advantages, very sound proof, weld in your living room or access all our cool amenity rooms in the basement.


To find more info on the ARC click on the picture above or the link below.
You might be quite surprised.










FREE CANDLE HOLDER


October 16, 2020


     Yes I know this is a little weird and of course there is a catch....... I can't ship it to you. Just the same if you are in the hood and want a free custom candle holder stop in. I actually did a series of around 300 of these. They are all signed dated and documented here on this site somewhere. that way in a hundred years you will be able to authenticate you holder. If it is not posted here I never did it. I would worry about hurrying as I am sure it won't be going anywhere soon. Go back to the top for my contact info.

     By the way this one is magic as it makes music when you walk with it and believe me it has no cheese ball electrical or digital parts to it. To see more of this series click image to go to:









Just Hit The "Delete Account" Button On Farcebook!!!!!



October 15, 2020


     I have been planning that for awhile now. Man what a relief that is already!!! I don't want to explain all the reasons why here but.... well.... you know... they are really starting look like a bit of a creepy fascist type censoring operation that is tampering with human psychology on a massive scale.

     Anytime anyone tries to stand between me and my data, my friends, my freedom of speech or my ability to shop on their marketplace it gives me the creeps.

      Now this is the same as having banks trying to stand between me and all my financial transactions. What if you had to contact the sperm bank every time you wanted to make a deposit in your girlfriends account? We would think that was absolutely crazy.

     Now according to Google there are two top things that humans crave most in life. Spending money and having sex. (Three if you are a man as eating is also up there.) What is really weird is with one of those things we already have to get "approval" from a third party. The only exception is if you use cash.

     Now people laugh at the possibility of having to do that with sex... Not so fast hot dog... with your smart phone nearby it can gather all the data needed to tell if you are having sex or sleeping. After all if it is 11pm and your heart rate goes up the powers that be wouldn't think you were doing pushups!!! Thus could fine you and your partner for not paying your "having sex" fee first.

     Of course most people today laugh at this but it wasn't that long ago that you never got charged just for spending "your" money. If you would have told people in the fifties or sixties that your bank had to first approve every transaction you made and would charge you for that approval they would have laughed you out of the room. Well cupcake looks like you're the sucker if you don't use cash because that is exactly what happens today. Even worse is if you were "docile" enough to fall for the money scheme then my guess is you will be sucker enough to fall for the "paying for sex" scheme next.  just sayin....


















The Problem  With Live/Work



October 10, 2020 or 10 10 2020!!!


     The trouble with live/work you always have another dumbassed project or idea.... and since the your work shop is right behind the couch you can't help it. Especially when you consider it is pretty hard to get exactly what you want at China Mart, China Depot, China Princess, China Freight, Chinawaste etc. If this turns out I will post a pic of the final project. If not I will be cutting it in half and sneaking it into the dumpster late at night.







Vintage GE Coffee percolator, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey

Vintage GE Coffee Percolator


     Man could it get any better!!!! A brand new vintage GE coffee percolator complete with original brand new cord also. Well...... actually it could!!! It was over an hour out to the palace it was kept in. Nothing beats a perfect weather, little traffic, two hour ride on the FLST!!!!! Needless to say a sweet ride was had!!!

     Now these things suck if you like lukewarm horribly tasting coffee that you get with your typical carcinogenic plastic "coffee makers" This baby was made in America by a company that made real quality. Now I admit I will likely only get thirty years use out of it after all it is electric unlike my back up one below. I am not worried though as thirty years gives me enough time to find another one for back up.

     The sweet thing about this one that the China repo's usually don't have aside from the quality is the setting for the strength of the coffee.

     Think I will go out and buy a lottery ticket as today has been pretty dam lucky!!!  












FREE!!! All Canadian Made Chair!!!

September 11, 2020

     OK.... this oneza little rough around the edges but it is comfortable. It's perfect for time traveling. This Canadian made chair was constructed out of real Canadian pine. I bought it un-assembled and putter together before slopping on a little paint. Perfect for any situation. Decided it is just not fittin in here.

Pick up only and I can't hold it for you unless you are on your way over.

No hurry I am pretty sure it won't be going anywhere any time soon.


Phone number at the top









Revere ware coffee pot

Revere Cordless Coffee Pot

September 9, 2020

     Here is my latest score off eBay.... A genuine cordless coffee pot made by Revere. It has no sensors, chips, plastic and was made in the USA!!! The handle is made out of Bakelite which fortunately is only carcinogenic in the Sad State of California. This pre 1968 gem was built before accountants started infecting design departments desperately looking for even more profits. When your company name was something to be proud of. I figure this should last me through my next sixty years and hopefully by then integrity will be back in manufacturing and all accountants will locked back in their dark caves.

     I am guessing since I ordered it today and usps and can post will be looking after the delivery I should have it by Christmas!!!! I can hardly wait!!!


     Yes a coupla sacks of mold free coffee from www.bulletproof.com and nirvana shall reign!!!!





live work studios

The Cement Columns at the ARC


     The large cement columns at the ARC are incredible.. There is something about the permanence of cement!!! Famous last words in an earthquake.... A lot of cement work here done back in 1932 just before farcebook came out.















Daze Gone By


August 31, 2020


     Yes the love that got away.... we all have one.... This was mine. 1948 Triumph 500 Speed Twin with spring hub. I rode this bike all one summer as it was here. Started first or second kick every time. Wasn't for sale the old timer told me....... two weeks later I halled'er home. Could ride this bike one handed on a washboard gravel road through a tight corner at 50 mph no problem. It was a work of art.











How to Retire on the Backs of Your Grand Kids..


by roy mackey


Aug26, 2020



     Lets face it we all want to retire with a life of luxury. This post here is going to tell you how it was done in the past and how you can get your grand kids or neighbors grand kids pay for it all. It is pure genius and almost too good to be true! The best part is it actually looks like "investing". Not to mention the system is all set up for you to take advantage of. You could start enjoying a life of luxury tomorrow if you wanted. You might have to act fast though or you could miss the boat.










Harley road trip Fraser Canyon

Over nighter to the desert, under the stars at Vulture Garage



August 18, 2020

     The Frazer Canyon never gets old.!!! Especially in the hot summer sun! Even better when you are able to ride outside of the mainstream rush. Left Vancouver Sunday night. The traffic coming back into Vancouver was bumper to bumper and barely moving all the way to Abbotsford. Glad I was heading the opposite way!!!!!




Antique anvil at Vulture Garage

Steel Sculpture 100 years plus in the making....

vulturegarage.com










Click pic to buy her book.

She is going to be why there's a.....




TRUMP


2020


LANDSLIDE















     I started doing these steel "paintings" back in 1995. Then I just used mild steel because stainless was too expensive for my meager budget. Eventually I switched over to stainless steel. These works create a sense of reflective movement in the place that is quite refreshing.







Oil angel on flamingsteel

Oil Owl Angel....


July 27, 2020


     Looks to me like a panhead parked here....







A Fly in the microwave



     A lot of people have trouble with forgiveness. The main reason for this is about timing. You see you first have to seek out revenge before you can move on to forgiveness. The reason for this is because revenge is a part of the healing process. If you don't you will be seen as a pushover and will often get pushed over. This will put you in an endless cycle of having to forgive those around you. The revenge also helps heal the offending person by teaching them how to be decent in life. This makes it a win/win situation. For uplifting ideas like this and more check out my two books.... A Fly in the Microwave.... fun on the farm when no one's around. Volume 1 and 2. Copies are still overpriced at 20 bucks even after years of inflation!   Check out:








Trump video on flamingsteel






     I have to admit this was one eye opening video. It put into perspective something I was reading about over 35 years ago. Fascism is finally getting exposed. Course... fascism is not giving up easily and are desperately trying to get him nailed with anything they can from collusion to impeachment.







Money and Sex


     Wanna know how spending money is like having sex? Well then check out this link. This could save you a ton of cash and make your life hugely more enjoyable.










Small Art Series

Click image to check out my small art series




 


 



Hmmmmm... Yup once again the Demoncrats are trying to dupe the black people!!!

Luckily blacks are waking up to the double talk.

And like Candace says, once again breaking free from the

Democrat Plantation!!!








Christmas in November.....


Nov/10/2019

      Dreamed about getting this box for a long time.. The foundation of any fun project. Click pic to see more.









Adrenaline Junkies Explained......

the latest blatherings over at cluelessrebel

June 1, 2020


     Most people don't know it but adrenaline junkies are just regular people that are terrified of life. Surprising but true. (If you are one yourself you may want to check this out.) Now they might brag to you..., humbly of course...  about their antics but the truth is they are scared silly and just trying to back into their mommies womb as quickly as possible. Now I don't want to pop anyone's "hero" bubble here but..,









Lincwelder on flamingsteel
lincwelder on flamingsteel


Lincwelder on flamingsteel

FOR SALE:  $350.


Vintage Lincwelder. 1949ish era. Works great. Built in wheels has cables.

It has a built in 6 volt battery charger also!

Has infinite adjustment so that you can giver just a little more juice if needed.


     Sorry........ can't ship it. Pick up only.  But if you are in the area feel free to call me anytime and loader up!!! Infinite adjustment so you can just give it smeesh more if needed. Now if you want to send someone who can give me the cash then I will help load it. Can be seen making sparks before purchase!!!  : )









Which is better.... cash or cards....



August 21, 2019


     Have you ever stopped to wonder which really is better. For the hell of it I did one day.... It surprised the hell right out of me!!!

     If you love money you will want to check this out!!! 











Life in Lines Series


     Here is my newest series of paintings. The unknown magic of copper for your infinite reflection and contemplation.




JP Cycles and bulletproof coffee on flamingsteel
May 8, 2020

Man could a Friday get any better!!!!












     Some of the best common sense proof that Black Lives Matter is a terrorist political movement. One pretty well bent to destroy black lives. This is really tough stuff to swallow if you are hypnotized by "fearstreet" media like Certainly Not News etc. 





Chair Series


     This is one from my series of chairs. These are all made from 20 gauge sheet steel. They are hollow inside with no armature and thus are a lot lighter than they first appear.

 

 

 

Cross Series


      Here are some works from my ongoing series of crosses that I started back in 1993. I may be adding a couple of more to this collection shortly. 




Softail road trip, roy mackey, flamingsteel.com

Road trip back in August 2019


Dec/26/2019


     Man... you shoulda saw the sun on mountains in the background with those four eagle's, soaring in a circle, right above this weird ape like figure standing on the rocks!!! Unfortunately was running low on battery so did not want to waste shots. Just under 1300 old time miles and not a glitch. The Frazer Canyon was incredible. Zero traffic, smooth road, very warm and full throttle... I mean up until the speed limit of course... delicious! It was great getting back to the valley again!!!








Door Series


     Here is a series of door signs I have done for the entrance door to my studio. Some I have used for a month or two some for a year or more. I change them whenever I get the urge and inspiration for something new.







Modified Hammer Series


     This is one from my series of modified hammers. So far I have done around forty or so. Some have not yet been photographed.

 


 

 



Finally.... someone who is not afraid to speak up against all the terrified boomers out there who are willing to sacrifice the future of their children because they are afraid of a bad flue!!!








Candle Holder Series


     Here is a piece from my presently ongoing series of candle holders. These junk candle holders are all made from perfectly good stuff. They are a very reasonable way to score a signed, dated and documented piece of my artwork on the cheap.

 



 

All My Art Work


     Here is a fairly complete list of all the artwork that I have done over the last 100 years or so. It starts from my most recent and works back. 

Don't click here if you have a dial up internet connection!!

 

 


13 Rings Series


     Here are some rings that I started doing about 17 years ago. I did a series of them. 

Only $200. each....







"Your ability to sculpt in steel is impressive


and your concepts are interesting" 


Nato Thompson,  Curator MASS MoCA














     OK... if you are a "woke joke" slave of CNN then this is not your video. But if you are seriously concerned about racism then here are some great facts.








Check Out My Hammers in the New York Times


To see these modified hammers in the New York Times

click the picture or the link here!

New York Times





"Your sense of form is wonderful"

Allison Mendes   Foster/White Gallery





Vulture garage, desert, old cars, road trip

Vulture Garage

June 2, 2019

     Nothing like a day of riding 400 miles worth of mountain roads in the sun at 75mph to cleanse the soul... and burn the face and arms right off you... I knew I was forgetting something!!! On top of that only pulled stupid twice... Funny how a good scare can save your life!!!!

     A couple of cool customers at Geof's Vulture Garage in Spences Bridge. A rare black Plymouth? coupe and super trick Orange 34 Ford 3 window. Check out the rare old time hot rod also!




Vulture Garage, old cars, desert, flamingsteel.com




If weird metal sculpture is not your bag

then check out my new blog!!!




( If you can't sleep it is just what you need!!! )

 


 Anyway....

Thanks for winging by my site!!

Park your surfboard and stay awhile.




ARC live work studios vancouver bc, flamingsteel.com

Studio Tours


In the odd event you would like to wing by and check out my unusual studio feel free. Call from the front door or if you want to make sure I am here call ahead. I am rarely that far.




 

 

 

 

 

Art Buyer, Movie Industry, Designers and Gallery Info

 

     Click here for more information on buying this artwork, renting this artwork, designer commissions and gallery info




 


IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO GET BETTER


YOU DON'T NEED TO THINK OUT SIDE " THE BOX "


YOU NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE " YOUR BOX "





 

 

Commissions, submissions and exposure etc.


     I rarely do commissions. Mostly because I am too lazy. Also I am a lousy fabricator! Being a good fabricator is an art in itself. Not an art I am good at. I do sculpture which if you think is fabricating then you are missing the point.




 
 





CNC Plasma Cutting


     This was my plasma cutting table I had set up for about 12 years. I got bored of the thing partly because I have enough digital in my life already.  Finally I sold it.





My Two Books

A Fly in the Microwave..... fun on the farm when no one's around

Volume 1 and 2


     Yes I rote tu books. Hard tu beleve I rote tu books sinse I faled englesh 10 thre times. its emazing wat yu kan do when yu put yur mind tu it.  



Here is a quick... ok kinda long video on my two books.

actually 2:12 long




Ok... this rabbit hole does go a lot deeper..

If you are really bored check out some behind the scenes here by scrolling way down.



Bored? Can't Sleep?




A collection of long winded and tedious monologues
about a strange collection of subjects....








The Vulture Garage


     THE.... Vulture Garage in Spences Bridge. If you are into vintage automotive and have not been there you are missing out. Gas pumps, enamel signs, vintage basket cases, cool drive away customs, antiques, vintage motorcycles and you name it.  Geof, the owner and I ran a small vintage auto parts scrap yard back when we were sixteen 80 years ago. Heze been into vintage hot rods and antiques ever since. I got side tracked with a life of crime in the art business doing steel sculpture. His place is constantly changing but definitely worth the stop!!!


Speaking of Spences Bridge....

    
     Just took a short road trip to the Vulture Garage to sleep under the stars next to a cactus patch. Incredible. Controlled burning along the way did take out some of the sun. Cleared up by the Garage though. An incredible ride.





2006 FLSTI ( FL Sissy Tail )


September 20, 2018

     Someone pointed out that my panhead basket case could take awhile... made sense so am hoping this gem will tide me over. A big thanks to Patrick for letting me pry this thing out of his bleeding hands!!!

     For me it was love at first sight. After having this bike for almost one day I still can not think of one thing I would want to change on her! We are talking soul mate energy here. OK she barks a bit loud, slouches a little low and has some baggage but nothing I can't live with!!

     You can't tell from the picture but this bike has flames on almost every part on it. Suits flamingsteel to a "T" !!!! It is now this websites official mascot bike.

To read more click the pic or here....          2006 FLSTD









1954 Harley Davidson Panhead

Barn Find Basket Case



     Finally... I found a Harley project in my price range. From what I can tell it is a 1954 even though I don't have a lot to go by.

     As you can see from the picture above I have a ways to go. Hope to have it burning dinosaurs by spring 2019, giver take a few years. Click on the pic to see more.

     If you have any original parts you don't want  I recommend listing them on eBay. Otherwise if that is too much pain give me a call. I do have cash for the right parts. To watch this project click the picture above or the link below.





Going to Maui for some sun?

if so....   Check out:

www.wertheimcontemporary.com





Now I Got Balls


     Turns out this Christmas might not be that bad after all!!! Apparently Santa was digging around some dumpster up in timbuck too looking for some coal for my Christmas present.... I am guessing he had a bit of a grudge because of my Santa vs Satan post. At the same time Murray Z. was heaving out a box of old bearings. Santa obviously figured that they would be good enough... well looks like the jokes on Santa!!! I have a hell of a time finding these bloody things. Especially big ones like this not to mention a fifty pound box of them!!! A big thanks to Murray's great timing on his dumpster trip!!! Won't have to listen to my Dad telling me to get some balls for a change!!!




Downgrading My General


     Here are some pointless pointers on how to make your new General Bench grinder look a lot older.

Click on the picture to read more....




vintage computer desk, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

     Here is my latest computer desk... 400 lbs of cast iron and steel. Now I just need to pick up the new iMac and it will be finished!




SAY WHAT YOU WANT... BUT



WE ALL BUILT THE TREADMILL



WE RUN ON




     One of my favorite torches... the Henrob Cobra... at least for certain welds. Really cheap on fuel also. Not the only one I use out of the five I run but a beauty just the same.




     I have to admit the light in this studio on certain days is incredible. Makes it hard to leave the joint



 

vintage hand saw repair, flamingsteel.com, roy mackey

Custom Hand Repaired Hand Saw


     Now normally I don't collect vintage tools unless they are something I am going to use. Sometimes though I stumble across works of art like the one above. You have to actually see this piece in person to grasp the story it tells. Created back in a time when common sense was actually quite common this is a real gem... a work of art actually. I scored this piece off of Ermanno Tius. His son Dan was holding a garage sale for his Dad who had lost interest in using his tools any more. There I managed to score this incredible work of art.

     Like I said above the photo does not do any justice to this piece whatsoever. I am not sure what the story is behind this gem but it appears the original wood handle got broken. (I am guessing his son Dan had something to do with this... partially because where there are kids things are broken) Thus Emanno opted to build a new handle out of metal. This was back in the day when men would strive to be men not like today where men strive to "look" like men.  After he cut out the metal and riveted it to the blade he wrapped a bit of cloth tape on the handle and viola!

     Times were different back then when you could not just run off to hopeless depot for another landfiller saw with plastic handle that would end up in the landfill often before the year was up. Like I said also said above it takes some reflection on this work of art to actually see the stories it tells. Not to mention the incredible rusty, worn and hand made patina it has. As of now this is one of my favorite finds. Saved from the landfill just in time. If you are ever by the studio you will see it here up on the wall. Oh and a big Thanks to Ermanno for letting me scoop up this gem for my collection!!




Cool Red Reclining Vintage Chair


     Hey in case you are looking for a really cool chair that reclines here is your gem. Open to considering any offers you may have...  Sorry.... sold



Vintage Velveeta Cheese Box, flamingsteel.com, steel sculpture, roy mackey

Vintage Velveeta Cheese Box


     Here is a very rare Velveeta Cheese box. The reason these are so rare is because most people threw crap like this out. Just a few psycho hoarders kept them. The one advantage hoarders offer is they keep and store evidence from our past for future generations to enjoy. Stuff that maybe should have been left in the past but is always fascinating.

     The two full pounds that came in this box was only $1.59. Not sure when that was but am guessing it was awhile ago. Have you ever wondered what the hell that stuff was made from. Sure like most products even these days there is some list on the back that claims to be the ingredients. But seriously I often wonder what is really in the stuff we eat.

     I am aware it is not good to ask too many questions and just eat it. At least that's what my Dad used to always say before he went on about starving kids in the world. They may be starving but this stuff would likely kill them if they ate it. I am sure it takes years to build up an immunity to food like this. In fact I did read some research some where that actually said that. They said that if people living in remote areas unexposed to these food ever ate them they would literally die. Maybe it's food like this is what makes us stronger and could explain why humans are living longer. That leads back to another theory my Dad had. He always said that if it didn't kill you it would just make you stronger. Usually he said this as part of grace before dinner.




Vintage Clinton Doodlebug Engine

     Here is a vintage Doodlebug engine my good friend Casey gave me. Apparently these are harder to find than hens teeth or honest politicians. Click on image to read more or want to make me an offer... too late... it's sold




Solid Gold Spoon

     Check this gem out... a solid gold spoon for eating breakfast cereal with. Scored this one in a box of old junk at a garage sale. Not often you find deals like this. Pretty sure this one used by the Queen of England when she was a baby. 





 

 

Me Blogging the Dog

 

     Can't sleep? Then this is the place for you. Senseless ramblings about dull and boring subjects that are of little interest to anyone.


 

 

 

 


Comments, Opinions and Insults


     Hear  what other people thought about the time they wasted on this site.




 


Inside Our Studio


Here is how you cram a lot of stuff in a small space and keep it feeling open and airy.





 


VINTAGE DESIGNER JUNK

 

     Mostly vintage designer junk, tools and other useless things that you might think you want. After all even modern contemporary homes need a touch of vintage history to ground and center the place. Stuff comes and goes here to check back often.





 Free Junk Other People Scored off This Site

 

     Seriously if you like free junk check out the bottom of this page. I often post perfectly good junk for free. If you want to see what other people already scored click on the quarter to your left. 

 





 How to Run a CNC Robotic Plasma Cutter in Your Living Room

 

     Believe it or not it can be done!!! Having a special living room does help though.





 

 

 

Tool Tricks from My Welding Studio

 

     Here is a small collection of tool tricks that might come in handy in your shop or studio.





 

My Vintage tool collection

 

     Here is a glimpse of my vintage tool collection. All of which I have to actually use. These are my keepers that I don't want to sell.





 

The Really Weird News

 

     Mother hopes to have sons book banned from production... "It's all lies" she was quoted as saying... "I never had any guns." "We are pretty sure now we never fed him enough when he was a kid.  Either that or maybe it was that agent orange of mine he got into... might have even been the time he got into my napalm stash.... that kid always was a little weird"





 

 

The Museum of Strange things

 

     Here is a collection of strange things I have come across. Worthless junk to those with no eye or average consumer mentality. Pure art and history to those with vision and finer tastes. 





 

Why Did the Artist

Cross the Road

     In order to avoid paying royalties to my bird for using her image on my site I negotiated giving her some of the black space for her two bits.

 

 




 

 

Barter is Better?

 

     Here is some junk I am looking for but too cheep to buy! If you want to do a trade I may be game. What the hell if you want to get rid of your junk for some junk then check this out.  








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Kicking your "Bucket List"


     What is the absolute funnest thing in your "bucket list" you are ever going to do? Most don't know it but the answer is "Kicking it" Those out there who have kicked their bucket but not quite hard enough for it to fall right over already know this. When your bucket does not fall right over you end up having an "out of bucket" more commonly known as "out of body" experience. If you have not been there and done that then you will likely scoff at the idea but if you have done it then there is no scoffing or questioning it.  In a sense out of bucket experiences kind of ruin the thrill and gut wrenching dread out of your life. They tend to make you less worried about going but even more motivated to stay. So far I have had three. Sure the process stings a little when you use accidents to kick at your bucket but not that bad... The hard part is realizing you did not come here to leave, you came here to learn and experience. Not all the shit other people came here to learn and experience but what YOU came here to learn and experience. So it all boils down to the fact that if you life sucks then it is time to learn and change. Get over being angry or sad and just change. Don't fight the bad as that never works. When I was three or four my Mom kept telling me to stay away from the old Pot Bellied wood stove that heated our joint. Every time I got close she would yell at me. I got so mad at that stove that the second Mom turned her head I ran over and kicked that stove right between its legs. I still have the scar on my foot from the burn that red hot stove gave me. July/10/2014




Inspiration, Talent and Bodies of Work


     Personally I find that inspiration can lead to a good new piece of work. Logic, marketing and good reason though can hack scars into that inspiration. Logic is the thing that wants to capitalize on that inspiration. You know, make numbered prints, getem into costco, invest the profits etc. Personally I think I could use a little more logic at times but not always. After all I don't remember seeing the Mona Lisa "series" by old Leonardo whats his name. A series is often more of a logical or smart marketing ploy than real inspiration. To do a good piece of work one needs real inspiration... in fact it can often fill in where there is no actual skill or talent. Though to do a series or body of works one needs real talent... that is if the series is going to be in the order that the artist declares and not the inspiration. Every so often I get inspiration (when I can afford the state of mind it requires.) Talent though is the thing I have yet to find or develop. Fortunately for me I do seem to stumble into enough "inspirations" to make it appear like I have real talent. This is why most of my "bodies of work" accumulate over quite some time. I guess I could go to school or somewhere to try and learn more talent but quite frankly that would take more ambition that I can bother with. On top of that I don't want to risk that the "logic" of learning could screw up the already weak connection I have to inspiration. Now with my art selling better than it ever has that could all change. It is amazing the inspirations one can get when not worrying about food and rent!  : )  





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Copper on Pliers


     As humans we love to "fix things". Especially men even though in reality we usually screw up way more than we ever "fix" In fact that is what pliers are for. These ones here have fixed a lot of things over the years. Mostly though they usually just round off some tight nuts making them impossible to get off when you get the real tool for the job. Life sometimes does the same thing, making some things un-fixable. Like a bead of welded copper it will wrap around the situation blocking all hope of repair. Now this does not mean some situations cannot be fixed it just means that the means we hoped to use to fix it will not work. Miracles in life happen when ever we get our minds outside of, not "the" box but outside of "our" box. This may all be nice but getting outside of "my" box is harder than it seems.... at least for me anyway. 





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Desk Installation


      Here is a desk installation I did for a my "Mild Steel" book I put  out in 1995. It was kind of a tribute to my friends, favorite people, writers and companies etc. Though it looks like a typical  cluttered desk ever little detail on that desk was arranged and placed on purpose. Due to my short memory I could never remember all the details now but did make a list when I did it. Actually I think I still have it kicking around somewhere. Of course it would take a larger photo than here to be able to really focus in on some of the detail, like the blue feather on the copy of Illusions by Richard Back is actually a larger real one from my parrot Sweetie. It covers the blue feather that is printed on the cover. I spent a huge amount of hours trying to figure out who and how could I represent them in this photo. Then a huge amount more hours trying to get everything spaced just perfectly. Ken Flett of   www.kenflett.com   took this photo and all the others for that book. He did an incredible job. I actually still have some copies of this book kicking around. I only printed a thousand originally. These were done pre-digital on an offset printer.  




Raw Real and the Art of Patina


     Most don't realize it but patina tells a big part of the story. It is something that a lot of artists miss. Click picture for more..






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20 Cents a Gallon for Gasoline


     Did you know that gas has not gone up and in fact has gone down in price since the 1940's? It is actually true. If you bought gas back then it was around twenty cents a gallon. Two silver dimes would fill that glass gallon wine jug you used for a gas can. If you were to take those same two silver dimes today and cashed them in you would be able to buy slightly more than a gallon of gas.

     Most think that gold and silver prices go up but what actually happens is the value of paper money goes down. Though this would work with silver change it would not apply to paper money from back then. Thus if your grandmother won a thousand dollars back then and stashed it under bed it would not buy you anything near what it would back then. For example that thousand dollars would have bought her a new car back then not the mention all the beer you could drink when taking it out for a drive.

     Today that same thousand would not even buy the insurance on a new car. So if you have money piled up in your bank account or under your pillow you may want to reconsider. At least until the powers that be come up with a new money system that is more stable and will not allow them to steal off you via inflation. Do the math, $1000 in an account collecting 2% interest a year, subtract the real rate of inflation at about ten percent equals a loss of only 8%. A far better move may be to transfer it into something that stores value better. Needless to say my recommendations are what the rich do.... gold, silver, art and antiques! What a coincidence you heard that here! 





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Vintage Galvanized Gas Can


     Here is another vintage gem I picked up. It even has the original label. Since we live in my welding shop I prefer to have steel cans. Just feels a lot safer over plastic. On top of that this vintage stuff comes from a slower far more productive time. After all and like I have said before most of mankind's incredible inventions occurred between 1880 and 1950'ish. Sure things got a little smaller and tv's kind of morphed with electric typewrites into the internet but seriously what has really been all that earth shattering... not much. In fact some famous guy said that most new inventions these days only help us consume more junk.  Hell even the microwave was invented in that time period. These days it seems that most new inventions are nothing more than neato gadgets that will out date in a few years at most.

     Being surrounded in this vintage stuff when working on my art is a very refreshing break from gimicky gadgetry of today. Hopefully it has some influence on the art work that I do. I know one thing and that is the fact vintage power tools are a delicious pleasure to use.





     Here is a cool gem I have had kicking around for a long time. Old antique door knob. You may not have known this but these door knobs were not made with purple glass. The glass was clear and contained a chemical that when exposed to the ultra violet rays of the sun for long enough the glass would slowly turn purple. I have actually been in very old houses where the front door handle was purple and the one on the inside that was exactly the same, but had less exposure to sunlight and uv rays, was still clear. The material that was used in the glass got too expensive for glass makers around 1914 because of WW1. Thus they stopped using it so the government had more to use for their war games. Thus glass made after that date very rarely turns purple. 




End of the World


     Hey does anyone know what the latest "End of the World" theory is? We don't have a tv or watch news so have been feeling pretty good lately. I miss the feelings of worry, guilt and remorse for my actions that I used to have...







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Santa vs Satan


     Hey in case you haven't herd Christmas is here again. Yes good ole Christmas... the one season that we can hardly wait to come and before it is over... can hardly wait for it to go. Now as trying as it can be at times there are some solutions to make it better. Here is one below. It is a quote I came up with that explains the True Art of giving.


The gift is not a gift unless the gift,


given by the giver,


is given with the gift that it can be re-given.


If the givee then chooses to re-gift the gift,


the giver gave them,


then they are free to do so proving


that the gift the giver gave them was


a real gift.


     Knowing this is the only way one can truly give someone a real gift. If the thought of them giving away the gift you gave them appalls you then you have not given them anything. You have just lent it to them. There is an old Russian story about that written somewhere.









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Just so you know...

I do accept Bitcoin

Assuming you are one of the rare few who

actually spend Bitcoins and not just hoard them





The Magic of Marketing


     You know marketing is a funny thing. To me that is what real creativity is about. I always wanted to get into marketing and maybe will if I ever make enough money selling art. One idea that has haunted me for ages was getting booze companies to give away free kids toys with every case of beer they sell. That way the parent gets to get drunk while the kid gets to play with it's new toy. It is win/win. I have always thought good marketing has to create a win win situation in order for it to be effective. Plus it forces parents to do nice things for their kids. The bigger the drunk the better it is for the kid. After all it is better to get a toy and then beaten by a drunken parent than it is to just get beaten by a drunken parent and no toy. Sure not much better but better just the same.




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Thanks Dale... but

Today is also the yesterday

that I am going to regret

tomorrow!!



 Mind you the Mothership did tell me...


You can regret yesterday

or worry about tomorrow...

but you can only live today



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 How to burn money....

 

     Think about it… almost every "moveable" thing you buy other than gold, silver, art and antiques will be in the landfill well before you die. In fact most within two or three years. It will also depreciate to almost nothing within the first few days or years of purchase. What little worth your big screen TV has, the day after you buy it, is quickly diminished by the new "bigger thinner" screen tv the moment it comes out. Consumables are not only expensive but become worthless and tacky junk in such a short time. Have you ever wondered why you are not rich by now? How could you if every dime you spend is destined to end up in the landfill or become worthless in such a short time. This might also explain why the rich spend so much money on gold, silver, art and antiques... 

 

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Warehouse/Studio Space Needed

     Hey anyone out there know of a large warehouse space or interesting classic building for sale or rent... around 2000 to 5000 sq ft. Prefer desert area.



 

 

      In order to dispel the myths going around that I don't have a clue when it comes to welding I made up this post card. Drill bits are a lot harder to weld that it would seem. You can pretty well see I got a nice bead on this one and now don't have to throw it out.

 

 

 

 

 

For most life is a burden

For some it is a gamble

For others it is a game


For few it is an art




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Vintage Uranium Test Outfit


     Hey are you tired of getting stung when buying uranium? Well this is your lucky day. A genuine handy dandy vintage uranium test kit! They don't makem like this one any more. I don't really want to let it go in case I need more uranium for my time machine. But if you wanted to make me a high ball offer I may consider it... whoops.... too late as somebody already did. Thus it is now in their collection of weird things. Like seriously what kind of weirdo would pack this thing home???




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Copper Wanted


     Hey got any copper wire like this kicking around you wana trade for some art? Investment art for investment copper. I need a bunch of copper for an art project and am willing to do a trade, part trade or give you a credit on something later. I will give you more than the scrap yard will and you will get cool art for your kids to throw away when you die.

     Now I am not looking for a truckload and it has to be like or similar to the wire shown here in the pics. Give or take on the wire size is fine. We can even weigh it on my honest to goodness no springs attached antique Holy Toledo weight scale. It does not have to be stripped either as long as the coating is not aluminum. it also has to be two feet or longer.  Might seem kind of dumb based on my art prices but copper can add up pretty dam fast.

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Chasing the dream


is not


living the dream!!!





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Three Blue and Gold Macaw Feathers


     Three feathers from Sweetie... the top one is large. The next one is small... the bottom one is very small. The bottom one is what paints the black lines around her eyes. I told her I wanted one for a photo shoot and did not want to pull one out. The next day she had a loose one stuck to the side of her face. I guess she did not want me to pull one out.  : )






 

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     TAKEN via craigslist add     Here is a cool antique nickle plated wrench I am selling for $FREE! Ok crazy I know after all who the hell would pay free for this piece of junk? Well you never know. It is about five inches long and fits nicely in your pocket. The reason I say antique is because of the nickle plating and not chrome and the ancient lettering on it. Unfortunately I don't have the time to ship it so it is pick up only. If you like cool stuff this might be your score. Aug/29/2014



Antique 1917' ish Holy Toledo No Springs Attached Weigh Scale


           I picked this beauty up off a local businessman who was shutting down his business. I was going to offer him less when I bought it but luckily I never. Turns out he was from Saskatchewan. Not sure if you know much about those Saskatchewan types or not but they are tough and sharp. Not only that they live forever!! This guy was over 80 and I tell you I would not want to be in the ring with him... death stare Kung Fu or not!! My Dad always told me to watch out for them since men from out there don't grow old they just grow tougher and smarter. Man this guy was obvious proof of that!!

     Either way thanks to his kind and generous demeanor he gave me a hell of a deal. So along with some great filing cabinets and other junk home it came with us.  This scale is a prime example of stuff made by men with pride and commitment to quality you just don't see any more. A thing of beauty that still works like new.... 80 or more years later!!!!

 

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1947 Black and Decker 8" Bench Grinder


     Here is a vintage 1947ish Black and Decker 3/4 hp bench grinder I picked up. I had been looking for one similar to this for a long time so I can finally dump one of my last cheapo imported ones. Right now I think I am running six bench grinders last count... This one was way more than I could afford at the time but common sense is not one of my biggest traits. Did I say they don't makem like this any more?... Oh I am also still looking for one more... got anything similar or maybe smaller kicking around?



 Junk candle holders made from good useable stuff !!!  

     Though the prices on the candle holders continues to go up they are still a good deal if you like signed original art as an investment. Sure some of the earlier ones sold cheaper than they are now but hey... early birds get the deals. Just same with land values about to totally collapse here in Vancouver it may be a good time for a back up investment plan... you do have a back up plan right.... I knew a guy stateside who didn't and the bank stole his house and then arranged to wipe out his credit rating. Ever hear of the saying about carrying all your eggs in one basket.... Anyway check out this link if you want to see more of them before it's too late.

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There are presently over 170 available.

give or take a few... 

 Most of these have a very cool feel to them when you hold them.

Something you have to feel to appreciate.

If you want to grab one feel free to phone anytime.

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Fast breakfast Flamingsteel.com

     Two things to learn from this picture... first icing is not just for cakes... and wonderbars make a great breakfast when served with a hot cup of black coffee... not shown.

 

Remember point #1. God invented fruit to tide us over until we could invent chocolate bars!!!

Remember point #2. Stressed is desserts spelled backwards!!!

Remember point #3. Always eat your dessert first... the world could end any minute and it would go to waste!!!

Remember point #4. Cake is always an easy and fast breakfast. Often with less sugar than normal breakfast cereal!!

Remember point #5. Too much candy will kill you... but then again too much life will kill you also!!!

Remember point #6. Always keep extra icing on hand for a fast and easy dose of sugar. Taken with black coffee makes a very energizing, easy to digest breakfast.

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     Aaaahhhh gourmet fresh baked pumpkin pie. You just can't beat it course you gotta be able to afford it. Which is why we have a piece of "Cheep Crusty" Pumpkin pie from Safewaste. Ok not quite as good but you can make it better with a little smarts. Just get yourself a couple of tubs of "Betty's Crocka Icing". I stock up when they have the two for one "something's probably wrong with this batch"  sale. Next make sure the pie is quite cold. Since most products at Safewaste are mostly oil then it has to be very cold. After that just spread on a nice thick layer of icing. The nice thing about cutting the piece first you can spread the icing on the sides also. I tell you it is cheaper than whip cream and your kids will love it. Stay tuned for my new book.... a hundred and one ways to save money by eating icing.





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     Herez my latest junk find. A genuine 1956 Delta Unisaw. A big thanks to Erik for helping me find the year of this beast. Luckily it has the original motor and even rarer is the cast iron motor cover and blade guard!! Runs smooth as butter. I will probably attach a band aid kit to the side if I plan to use it much. It was a little dirtier than this but I cleaned it up before taking these shots. Though these saws look sweet when smothered in fresh make-up I prefer the natural and original patina. Evidence of its history and age. At this rate I expect this thing will be wore out by around 3010. By then I am going to be doing something different anywayz.

     Though I rarely talk about it I have always had a life long dream to work in the corporate world. I figured if I got into some kind of easy money career like art it would be perfect. My plan is to make enough money so that I can finally go to school, become a corporate lawyer and move to New York. I am pretty sure by the time this saw is wore out I should have enough money saved. After that it will easy street, eating bagels and cream cheese every day!!!

 

  

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Food From the Brown Color Group


     Here might be some information for those who are concerned about their diets. I read somewhere that it is good to eat foods from all color groups. It sounded good to me though I did not read the whole book... actually I just looked at the pictures but kinda got the point anyway. Here is a meal from the brown category. If you notice the donuts are brown, the coffee though darker is also brown, then of course the caramel sauce for the donuts is also brown. Man it was a quick energy meal to wake up to. I really think there is something to this food color thing. To make it even better I made sure it was "fat free" coffee. The donuts did not have the sugary coating, and the caramel sauce was low in fat! Delicious and apparently good for you. I know I was buzzing with energy. I might just check into this food color thing some more.

 

 

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A Tale of Mystery


     I have to say at times I am a magnet for the strangest things. These two pieces of junk are no exception. About 18 years ago, when I was a lot smarter, I stumbled across the front steel horse. It was the score of a lifetime and could barely believe it when I found it. I had been checking ditches for food when I saw it placed by the street next to the garbage cans. This was back in Nanaimo when I lived there. That was of course when the city would drag away whatever you tossed at them. After that they hired accountants.

     Anyway I was amazed and drug the thing home as quickly as I could. I kept it ever since and in fact I still have it buried away in my vault. Actually the mothership told me to  keep it so I did. Anyway awhile ago I was hitting some garage sales and came across this one. I could not believe it. After finding the first one I have been watching for them and have not seen another. The closest I ever came was seeing one or two online after hours of searching. I only remember the plastic ones never seen them in metal before but apparently they did make them. To find two almost exactly the same was pretty cool to say the least. Especially both being in such similar shape and color. Unfortunately though I don't want to sell these. I have some plans for them down the road.


 

 

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     Ok this was kind of strange... I was having another great day in paradise when I decided that I needed more junk food to eat. I decided to take the Benz since it was closer than the truck and didn't feel like walking too far just to get candy. Well while I was getting strapped in I happened to notice the mileage was right on the 100,000 mark!!! Wow talk about the odds of it hitting that mark right when I parked it!!! The last time I drove it was out to the airport to pick up my latest mission papers from the CIA but I never noticed the mileage then. I did know it was getting close. Kind of strange. The first thing I thought was it must be my lucky day and maybe I should send some packages off to more galleries!!! Instead I had a better idea and headed to holocostco for chocolate bars. 

 

  

Two Vintage Pop Signs


     Here are a couple of recent scores we picked up while garage sailing. Judi and Dennis had these gems nailed up on the walls of their garage and were not planning on selling them. After getting exhausted listening to my long winded tedious monologues they finally opted to just let them go so they could get me out of their hair. The best part was they even gave me a bit of a break on the price. I was a little reluctant about carrying them home in the vintage Benz for fear of chipping the paint. These signs had the perfect patina and the last thing I needed was some kind of scratch in that perfect patina caused by a seat belt buckle or similar. Any way I was careful and they survived the journey home. They are now hung on the wall and look incredible... if you like junk like this that is.






People who spin in circles for too long

start to feel as if the world is revolving around them.






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     Here is a really weird thing. Yes it appears to be just an antique hand saw with a cast iron handle. A simple sort of thing really but if you held on to it you would see what I mean. This thing feels absolutely incredible in your hand!!! I have never held a saw that felt so good. It is hard to believe how well it fits your hand. The strange thing is you will never find a saw in any store today that feels this good. I wonder why after all the big new word in marketing these last few years has been Ergonomic. We are in the middle of the high tech age and almost nothing comes even close to feeling as good as this one does. Whatz wrong with this picture? Hard to say but if you are by my studio sometime and want to hold this saw you can for a toonie. It will be the best two bucks you ever spent. I plan on taking this saw to Mexico next time. That way when I am lying there in the sun nursing that margarita in one hand I can have this saw in the other hand for the perfect Zen state!!!

 

 

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     Herez Sweetie, my blue and gold macaw... bit of a mean beast to say the least. If she can reach you then you need band aids for sure but more likely surgery. If you don't believe me you will after you see how she saws up wood like it was cake!! Of course she is real nice to me but then she has had 30 years to get used to me. She loves to travel, bite, eat peanuts, and ride Harleys... trouble is I sold my last one so shez been out of luck. She still has not forgiven me for that move. Eventually I will buy her another one. This link below will give you a couple of clues on how to keep your parrot alive longer than a lot of pet stores might want..... 

http://www.flamingsteel.com/me-blogging-the-dog/how-to-kill-your-parrot  

 

 

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Antique Brass Nabob Coffee Spoon


     Here is a cool old brass Nabob coffee spoon or scoop. According to my grandmother everyone had one of these for scooping out their real coffee they had. That was back before the government started adding the mind control drugs to it which is why a lot of the coffees now have what I call a "burnt roast"  taste to them. Though apparently the government has come up with a new formula so it no longer makes the coffee taste burnt or bitter. I tried the new stuff at Starbucks the other day and was really surprised at how smooth it tasted and it was a dark roast too boot. I am not normally a fan of dark roast since it has less caffeine than light roast. Anyway there used to be millions of these scoops around back then. I guess they gave them away for free after you bought a few pounds of coffee or so. I remember the old Nabob coupons back when I was a kid on the farm. Apparently a lot of these old scoops got handed down to the next generation who being a bit of a mindless sort threw them out and opted for the newer carcinogenic plastic ones so they could be trendy.

 

 

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1956 Dewalt Radial Arm Saw


     Here is one of my latest acquisitions. A mid fifties Dewalt radial arm saw. I was not really looking for one of these but saw this one advertised and thought I should at least look at it. At first look I was not that impressed but as I looked at it more I could see these are interesting beasts. It originally belonged to the sellers grandfather who along with him kept it in near mint condition. Probably not that easy to find something like this again I thought. So considering I had previously noticed what appeared to be my ship on the horizon I offered him the last of my food money for next month. Just as he was about to call the cops on me I asked for his counter offer. Fortunately for me he was a very generous type and countered with an easy offer. Thus thanks to some cheap-skating on my part and generosity on his a deal was made. Now that I have had a chance to take a good look at it I think it is going to be a great addition to my vintage tool collection that will actually get a lot of use. On top of that since we have no more food money I could set it up in the kitchen right on top of the stove!!! To read more about this saw click here and then scroll down:

http://www.flamingsteel.com/my-vintage-tool-collection.php  


 

 

Here is Sweetie doing here famous head swinging ring necking freak out!!




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     Check out this weld... not the best but I was using a new/old torch I just bought. A vintage Meco Aviator Jet. What a sweet beast to weld with and fits your hand like a glove. This shot is a zoom in with a normal pencil for reference. Pretty thin weld bead in fact well under 1/16th of an inch. I will be posting my dangerous, mackey mouse five torch welding set up shortly. Works like a dang though...

 

 



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Speakin a weldin...


     Any chance you got a low pressure gauge like the front one shown here? I don't really need the whole regulator just a gauge. Though it does not need to be exactly the same it must be brass and have the beveled glass face. I have this delicious set of vintage Harris regulators and need another low pressure gauge before I can use it. Unfortunately I cannot contaminate this set with a cheapo newer gauge for a couple of reasons. First it would offend the gods of good taste and secondly I need something that will work for a lot longer than a year or so. Anyway if that one you had kicking around in that drawer out in your workshop is still there let me know. Maybe we can do business.




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Your Dad's Workshop

     One man's junk is another mans junk... I mean gold. I just want to note here that I am always interested in old junk and power tools. I would love to look around your... or your Dad's old workshop. Even if you don't want to sell anything or you think it is all junk anyway. If you have stuff you don't know what to do with and want an honest outside opinion before you sell or dispose of it give me a call. Needless to say I am a starving artist and can't pay much for anything I buy but I can point you at least in the right direction if money is important. Otherwise I can help you make sure the junk ends up in appreciating hands. What might look like junk to you probably is but there are fools out there like me who love this type of stuff. Don't let you or your Dad's old unwanted junk tools go to the landfill !!!

     If you are thinking of selling junk but don't know much about it I can assure you that what you think is pure junk is likely worth more than the stuff you think is worth something. Give me a call if you want another two bit, uneducated opinion on what to do. Or if you do have an old junky workshop that you would not mind some artist looking around in and taking photos for my next book then give me a call 




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     Here is one of my copper on steel pieces. This one is titled "Seven Rings" Actually the base is separate from the piece. I have done a few of these pieces and finally got some pics of them. 48 x 36 x 2"

 

 

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1955 Beaver 15" Band Saw


     Here is a shot of my latest gem. A genuine mid fifties 14" Beaver Band Saw! For it's age this one has been kept in pristine condition. A big thanks to Alan for this one. His dad originally bought it around 1955 or so. He got it after his dad was no longer using it and now I picked it up. Luckily for me Alan was reasonable with the price and let me hauler away for my counter offer. After a little clean-up I dug out the band-aids and tried it out. I am not much of a woodworker but sure seems to cut nice to me. In fact I am thinking of keeping it over by the fridge for cutting bread with!! Not sure Marta would go along with that though after all it is kind of noisy. A little wood dust on the white bread might even give it a little nutrition... or at least fiber anyway. The cool thing about this one is it has the original cast iron base legs with the beaver emblem embossed in them.



 

 

Learn a New Language


     Hey have you ever wanted to learn a second language? Of course you do, almost everyone does according to surveys made by places who sell expensive language courses! If so check out   www.duolingo.com  It is a fast easy and FREE way to learn. I have always wanted to learn Spanish but could never afford those expensive and tediously boring language courses. After only one year of using duolingo I knew how to say "Hello", "Goodbye" and "That"s not my bag" Now I am ready to go to Mexico and can't wait!!

     Seriously though if you want to learn a second language this is it. It does not cost you one penny. You can work from the discomfort of your own home on your own crappy computer. You never have to worry about people laughing at your stupidity. You can practice when you want. After only one year of studying a half hour or so every day I know over five hundred words. Hell I failed Inglish 10 three times so if I can do it anyone can!!!   

Yo hablo espanol !




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     Here is another classic find I just picked up. I was looking for something to sleep on when I am working in my welding area and bumped into this one. It's actually a very odd chair. After getting it home and taking a close look the attention to detail is amazing. All the welds were polished before the plating went on. The chrome is definitely not the accountant approved "tissue plate"  they normally do these days. You can tell by the "wet"  feel real chrome plating has. This chair not only reclines to almost horizontal it also folds up for easy storage!! It is also very comfortable. I don't have any clue as to how old it is but either way it is a real gem. Not sure I want to use it in my welding area now. Goes nice with the rest of my junk though so it is definitely a keeper. If you have any ideas as to who and when this was made would love to hear them.

   

Remember folks...

The lord may givith but it's the landfill that

takith away!!!

 

 

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Now that I finally have a suggestion box

I am always open to new ideas etc.

I fished this one out of a dumpster out behind the Telus building. It had been

overheated too many times so the safety kick-out switch was stuck. Once I

fixed that it worked like new.

 

 

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     You know I sometimes forget how sweet it is having a robotic cnc plasma table in my studio. Even though I almost never use it for my art it is still one sweet machine. This is a close up of a piece of ten gauge hot rolled plate right off the machine prior to clean-up!!! They take a little figuring to get working just right every time but once you do... I cut a lot of brackets mounts and plates around my studio which is not only fun but sure cuts out the hard labor. Sure they cost a lot of beer but are a hell of a lot more fun that heading off to the washroom all the time!!  : ) There are a lot of different brands out there but I am sold on ...

 www.plasmaCam.com

 

 

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Vintage Card File Cabinets


     Here is some more junk I picked up so that I can store more smaller junk I will be picking up soon. Just like I have always said it takes junk to store junk. Picked these beauties up at The Found & The Freed on the corner of Powell and Victoria Drive in the old Hamilton Building. I have been looking for more of these for awhile now and finally was able to con them out of these three. Yes more vintage classics that will soon be full of other useless vintage stuff I think I have to have but don't really need but too stupid to realize it.



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     Here is a shot of a tricky little weld I recently did for a friend of mine. I welded a small nut to the head of a machine screw. Luckily I only had to do it once which surprised the hell out of me. This is one of the reasons I am such a fan of tig welding over mig. There is so much more versatility with tig. Mind you it is not the end all be all but if you are on a budget and can't buy both then I would take a tig any day. Just my two bits....

 

 

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1947 Delta Milwaukee 24" Scroll Saw


     Well just when I decide to not buy any more vintage tools along comes another must have. This one is a 1947ish Delta Milwaukee. They kept this same design for years it appears but the older ones have a few differences. This one is incredible to hear running. Sounds almost like a sewing machine. The seller was a decent guy with an interesting life story. Trouble is he was asking a fair price.... fair is always over my budget... life of an artist... So I head faked him with the "This money was supposed to pay for my grandmothers face lift to help spark her modeling career" story. Well that didn't budge him an inch. I tried the "well here goes next months food money" story. Still no luck. So then I switched my strategy and just grabbed it for his asking price. Hell I could always deal with an empty fridge later. Well he took the cash I took the tool and we both were happy. Because it had the original hard to find light and the original stand and also the belt guard I was sold. It has a couple of little uglies but nothing serious so far anyway. Cuts like a dream.  Oh and this is a one hundred percent "plastic free" tool.

 

 

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Rare Vintage Can of Car Wax


     Here was another strange score. I vintage tin of car wax! Check out the 1959 Finmobile on the can! They don't make cars like that any more... thank God!! Can you imagine parking pigs like that? Anyway this wax works very well still. Used it on some of my vintage tools. My guess is it contains the exact same ingredients that all the new waxes have. Accountants love tricks like that... just change the label and marketing and call it something NEW!!!





Hey.... you like magnets?

If so you'll love this one!!

A 47 pounder!!!


THE WORLDS MOST POWERFUL MAGNET


     I tell you I get some real cool deals from the crew on the mothership. This was the latest score. It is a 49 pound kind of horse shoe shaped magnet with a lot of power. In fact here it is above shown with over fifty pounds of steel balls stuck to it. You can throw a hammer at this thing and it will suck it out of the air!! It is incredible!! I actually needed this for my time machine for the longest time but now came up with a better idea. Thus I will be making this into a sculpture. 





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Studio shot in my welding area


 

     Seriously... is life weird or what???? Check this color scheme out. Who thought this up? WTF???  Photo thanks to Sweetie, wood carver, part time finger biter and thirty year traveling partner

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!!!  FREE STUFF  !!!

NOW GETS EVEN EASIER 

     OK I am finally going to make the free stuff even easier!!! Yes it is true. I am going to start listing any new free stuff here at the very bottom of my home page. For a couple of reasons actually. The first to make it easier for me. The second is to give you a chance at a free bonus for actually making it all the way down to the bottom of this page!! Thus in the future I will list free stuff here. If you see something here listed for free... and can come by right away to pick it up then phone me and let me know. If you can't pick it up until tomorrow... then phone me tomorrow! If it is something I state I am willing to mail out then feel free to phone me anytime. After the free stuff is gone I will then move it over to the Free Stuff Taken page. Maybe for any "American Nosepicker" types out there that like to dig around a bit I might just lop the odd thing in the Free Stuff Taken page.

Oh and don't forget to read the Free Stuff Rules which are also on the Free Stuff Taken page!!!

 

 

 

Did you know that no man... or woman for that matter has ever gone into a

hardware store wanting a drill bit.

What they really wanted was a hole

 

 

 

Just so you know folks...

Therapists Are A Waste of Good Money!

All twelve of mine say I am obsessive compulsive!

How crazy is that????




 

 

Every day for an artist is like a holiday for normal hard working people....

Every payday for normal hardworking people is like a holiday to artists....

 

 

 

 

     Did you know that both, "a cup half full" or "a cup half empty" are

impossibilities.

Every cup is always full.

The only thing that can happen is the mixture of ingredients  inside the cup

can vary.

 

 

 Remember Folks...

If you can't take it with you...

Then why bother going?



Isn't it funny....

We all hate lawyers until our neighbor falls a tree on our house



Finally you made it... Thanks for stopping by!!!

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BACK TO TOP 

 

 

 

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     Hey thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed your stay. If you are ever in town and want to wing by, feel free. We are almost always here.... day in ... and day out... and day in... An extra big thanks to all of you outside of Canada that have stopped by. Hopefully you did not take this site all that seriously. Stop by again soon!!



 

HARD WORK vs WORKING HARD


Hard work and working hard are two different things

Hard work is what you do at jobs you don’t like.

Working hard is what you do at jobs or careers you love.

Taking holidays while working at a career you hate is

more of a desperate need.

Taking holidays while working at a career you love is

more of an obligation with conformity than a necessity.


     Most people confuse the two and wonder why after doing years of hard work they never got anywhere. That's is because hard work is usually done half heartedly. Not many people can do work they hate and still feel passionate, motivated and excited. If they could everyone would be happy. Thus people who work hard never make much progress.

     Working hard on the other hand is often done with passion, motivation and excitement. Usually because we con only work hard at something if we really love it. This of course may not get you rich but almost always leads somewhere far more desirable than hard work ever will. Not to mention the journey is a lot more fun. 

     Now if you have been doing hard work you don't really need to get a new job in order to start working hard. It is all a mind frame. A mind frame that was long lost by most people these days. It actually started fading back in the mid fifties. You just have to forget about the destination while you are on the way there. more later..... 




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Remember Everyone,

If the good die young then that leaves the rest of us

assholes here to try and figure out how to get along. 




Being an artist does require a certain level of positivity in order to maintain sanity. 






You know I don't hate much but I have always

hated people who hate people.



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Ok... one more shot.... strange things lurk in this studio...








Or... for those of you that still own your own souls



God vs Google


     Yes, the big question... is Google the next "God" on the block? No comment here but I did ask God the meaning of life the other day. No answer but all of a sudden a bird hit our window. I looked outside and sure enough it broke it's neck. I guess there was a message to interpret there...

     I then tried googling "What is the meaning of life" and got 417 million answers. Not to shabby but just the same I guess there will be some interpreting to do there also.

     That leaves the one and only almighty question of questions that dwarfs all other questions... "Is there an easier softer way"? feb/13/2015






Did you know that the government

sees "Privacy" as a violation of it's rights which

makes policing even harder and more expensive to the taxpayer





What if Reality Is Not Real?


     Apparently scientists are having a hard time finding anything that is really solid. Supposedly, if you believe them, we are not really solid but made up of nothing but molecules floating around.  Then of course molecules are not solid either as they are made up of atoms with lots of space between them. Then of course atoms are not solid either. They are made up of protons and neutrons with lots of space between them. Can't quite remember what protons and neutrons are made from. That is getting pretty small and still nothing really solid and mostly empty space. Crap like this warps your brain. It is like imagining the end of space. Once you do the brain wants to know what is on the other side of  that end.


Whoa.... it smells like coffee time!!!




Every once in a very long time or so something comes along that rocks core of our belief systems.

Things like the world is round, women have souls and there's no "selling" in network marketing.

Apparently, according to the mother ship,there will be more of these new ideas coming along soon.

They said it will be one of the hardest ones ever for us.... the first one is the fact that reality is not real.  According to the bs above it looks like this first one is here!!





Important Note:

     This website serves a couple of purposes. The first is to document all the work I have done. Virtually all the work I have ever made is documented here. Some sold works are not photographed well but here just the same. The only exception is some of the early small key chains and candle holders. If you have a larger piece that you bought off me and don't see here let me know and I can authenticate it and post the picture here.

     Due to the nature of this work each piece is like a thumb print. I could not duplicate one of my own pieces even if I tried. There are too many variables like how the metal warps or the way the bead of weld cools etc.

     The second purpose is to show you my work. If you ever want to see any of this work in person we are almost always around the studio so feel free to wing on by. 




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     TAKEN...  by Ken Walter way down in Wilmette Illinois... June/27/2013    FREE!!!   Money pocked sculpture. This is the same one documented on my small sculpture page except here it's free. Signed, dated and documented for your collecting pleasure. In fact I will even ship this to you anywhere in Canada or the US for free also. Hell of a deal, but hey if you made it down this far you deserve something for free!!! All you have to do is drop me an email and I will drop it in the mail box for you!    June/21/2013



Strange Points to Ponder


     Did you know that speed was a factor in every car accident that has ever happened in the history of cars? Strangely it is true... parked cars never crash.


Also have you ever wondered about this....

Fifty years ago the speed limit was 60 mph.

The cars back then did really poorly on straight stretches let alone on corners. Their handling abilities were somewhat horrible.

The roads were also hugely rougher than they are today. Most were single lane, very curvy and poorly designed.

The cars back then were also a disaster as far as safety. In fact they did not even come with safety belts until around the mid sixties.


     Now today the roads are infinitely better as far as smoothness, safety and over all design. The cars are also hugely safer with air bags and every thing else designed around safety. The cars also have way more power and handle higher speed driving extremely better. Yet the speed limit has not changed one iota and in some cases has even gone down! Now for some reason this seems strange to me. Who decided the original speed limit of 60mph? 


More Time Wasting Contemplations


     Did you know that around five thousand pedestrians a year are killed by cars each year in the US. What does this mean? It is time to start giving cars the right away! Giving pedestrians the right away is absolutely stupid. Because pedestrians know they have the right away they will often walk out in front of cars without even looking. After all they are in the right but like someone once said "they are just as dead right as they are dead wrong" Sure the guys is supposed to stop but what if he just dropped his beer or cell phone and is reaching for it? What happens then? I will tell you what..... "THUMP.......... thuck..." soon followed by siren sounds and then, eventually, in the special cases a five gun salute.

      Now if the cars had the right away instead it would make the pedestrian  think and look before crossing the road! That is common sense and beats stepping out in front of a train, hoping it will stop in time. If it does fine and dandy.... if it doesn't you're deadski.

Pedestrians having the right away has

killed enough people already.

Time to change that law.... either that or eliminate cars or pedestrians all together.




    

If you keep killing time


for long enough


eventually time will kill you



Sunburn and The Cheapest Sunscreen of All


     When I was a kid of about six or so I learned some very complicated science. That was the fact that if you stayed out in the sun too long you would get a sunburn and that hurt. Eventually I learned that if I took the sun in smaller doses that eventually my body would get a tan and I could handle more sun. Thus by the time the hot summer sun got there it was no problem.

     These days though it is different. We all hide out in our caves in front of our computers and then when our holidays get here we want to rush out and spend two solid weeks suntanning..... no can do without burning until some snake oil shuckster crawls out from under a rock pushing sunscreen. Two or three years later everyone has skin cancer!! What a coincidence.... I read online that the increase of skin cancer directly relates to the increase of sunscreen consumption. You do the math but if you are still not convinced do some real research yourself as the nightly news will never tell you anything that could cost their advertisers lost sales.



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     FREE!!!!!      SOLD.... on craigslist because the person never saw it here.... Genuine Picobac tobacco tin in pretty dam good shape. You see a lot of the other brands kicking around but not many of these. For the price it is a no brainer. If I had more time and was a lot more generous I would save it for you or even ship it to you. But as I always say space and time are the final frontiers!! If you want it you have to come and get it. Just the same if you are in the hood though feel free to phone me up and grab this gem!    Aug/30/2014





Most times...


When You Are Chasing the Dream....


You Are Just Chasing It Away!!!


If You Are Not Sure...


How Much Closer Are You To


Your Dream this Year


Compared To Last Year?





In life you should always follow your gut thus always

remember.

You can be pretty sure it is your gut talking if...

The idea excites you...

and it is the stupidest idea ever!!!!




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1951 Harley


     Here is a shot my sister took of  the 1951 Harley I restored. Shovel top end, andrews cam, super B, 4spd, foot clutch, hand shift. 80 mph all day long. Nothing can match the mind altering rhythm of a Harley at 70 mph to wash away the blues... Like a fool I let her go. I still miss her. Of course we all have that special love that got away.... Last I heard she was in Holland!


By the way check out my sisters site:

www.marlenechabot.com

She takes some pretty cool shots. 





Don't forget.... the game is over


once the rut you are in


hits six feet deep!!!





About Flamingsteel.com


     Steel sculpture is what flamingsteel is all about. Expensive equipment, time, learning, experimentation and effort go into making exotic, mysterious, magical and decadent bits of strange, attention demanding art. Fortunately I have had the luxury of being able to spend years dragging these works from the depths of my imagination into reality. Common sense and a better education would have likely led me elsewhere. Luckily though I missed those two points in life. Which of course is what allowed me to pursue what inspires me the most.

     Now because of this I almost never do commissions, mostly because I just don't have the talent to work outside the influence of of my own inspiration. Had I more actual talent I would the be perfect for visual hacking anyone else's inspirations into reality also. It took me awhile to finally realize and accept this. Thus I now only work for inspiration. The pay fluctuates wildly but the lifestyle is delicious.

     Now those that actually do buy my work are often those who make their own decisions in life. As you can tell this work is not that common. Especially when you look into the details. Thus getting approval to purchase it from someone else is not likely, especially for the prices I am asking. You have to feel the work and then decide if it resonates with you and your originality. If it does, then in order to acquire it you will have to likely act on your decision alone. If you do then you will have bought into this collection documented here.

     I should note that this website shows all the work that I have done in the last thirty years. It also serves to authenticate all the work I have done. If it is not posted here then there is very good chance that I never did the work. This of course excludes some of my earlier, smaller and duplicated works like star key chains and the very first flaming candle holders. 

    



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